A meeting of Humanist Haven, sponsored by Yale Humanist Community.

Farewell, Faitheist

When I started writing this column, I set out with the goal of lifting up frequently overlooked nontheist perspectives—the atheist voices that are generally ignored by those who are only interested in narratives of conflict and certainty.

The author with his niece in 2014, a few days after she was born.

Godparent, without the God part

When my sister was pregnant with her third child, I received an ultrasound image in the mail. Attached to it was a handwritten note: “Would you be my godfather… er… sponsor… ah… special person? You know what I mean.”

After living without God for a year, former pastor Ryan Bell no longer believes

(RNS) Ryan Bell — the former Seventh-day Adventist pastor who spent 2014 living as an atheist — is ready for his big reveal. After chronicling the last 12 months on his blog Year Without God, Bell — who now works as director of community engagement at People Assisting the Homeless in Southern California — announced in an interview with NPR that he no longer believes in God. Bell talked with Religion News Service about his decision and what it will mean to him and his loved ones. Some answers have been edited for length and clarity. Q: This weekend you told NPR: “I don’t think that God exists.”


2014: The top stories in atheism

From the popularity of ‘Cosmos’ on Fox-TV to the Roku launch of ‘Atheist TV’, from open atheist James Woods’s inspiring congressional campaign to Richard Dawkins’s less-than-inspiring tweets, atheists made headlines all year.

A 2009 bus ad in Toronto with the slogan, "There's Probably No God. Now Stop Worrying And Enjoy Your Life." Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

There’s no such thing as atheist fundamentalism

“This nefarious use of the term reveals the charge of ‘atheist fundamentalism’ for what it sometimes is: A weapon to marginalize critique of religion and the religious, and to maintain a status quo in which religious viewpoints, practices, and communities are privileged over nonreligious ones.”

Sign from the 2012 Reason Rally. Photo by Brad Pennock via Flickr Commons.

Yes, atheists can be fundamentalists

“Fundamentalism as an ideological category has historically been limited to religion. But as atheism grows and begins to double as a political identity for many, I propose expanding that category to include nonbelievers.”

Assorted vegetarian dishes. Image via Wikimedia Commons.

Should atheists be vegetarians?

“We know animals can suffer, have no divine reason to suppose that only our suffering matters, and we’re currently inflicting constant and severe suffering to a staggering number of conscious creatures.”